Seattle Event Picks: May 2014
SIFF turns 40, Ira Glass delights in the afternoon, and Mobile Food Rodeo expands.
Food & Drink
The Culinary Wild West
A single day proved too small a stable to contain the bucking bronco that is Mobile Food Rodeo. The gathering of Seattle’s best food trucks expands to two days in 2014, in time for an early Cinco de Mayo block-party celebration. Expect to see heavy hitters like Skillet and Maximus/Minimus, fresh upstarts making their debut, and tens of thousands of hungry Seattleites looking to lasso that perfect bite. May 3 & 4 Phinney Ave N & N Canal St, Fremont, mobilefoodrodeo.com.
Under the direction of Olivier Wevers, Seattle contemporary dance company Whim W’Him continually pushes the boundaries of ballet. The group’s latest presentation #Unprotected features three new works by Wevers, Amsterdam-based choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and PNB favorite Andrew Bartee, and patrons can get closer to the action than ever before as Whim W’Him moves to the 150-seat Erickson Theater Off Broadway on Capitol Hill. May 15–23 Erickson Theater Off Broadway, whimwhim.org.
Books & Talks
“Sadly one of the problems with being on public radio is that people tend to think you’re being sincere all the time.”—Ira Glass, host and producer of NPR’s This American Life, bemoaning how telling lies for clear comedic effect sometimes doesn’t work on his show. Perhaps when he heads to Tacoma for a Sunday-afternoon engagement (the most NPRiffic performance time), the audience will be in on the joke. May 4 Pantages Theater, Tacoma, broadwaycenter.org.
This summer’s Intiman Theatre Festival goes all-in on Angels in America, producing both halves (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) of playwright Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking seven-hour epic about homosexuality, religion, and AIDS in the United States. While performances of the cultural leviathan won’t start until August, the festival officially begins when Kushner sits down to chat with Dan Savage at Town Hall. In the spirit of interactivity, Intiman invites patrons to email and tweet questions to be brought up as part of the conversation. May 10 Town Hall, intiman.org.
SIFF Goes Over the Hill
The Seattle International Film Festival is already one of the city’s biggest annual cultural parties, so expect an unparalleled blowout as SIFF celebrates its 40th anniversary. Historically the fest has lacked one key party element: readily available booze. But SIFF’s recent acquisition of a liquor license means the beer and wine will flow during this year’s edition. May 15–June 8 Various Venues, siff.net.